Brookes Legacy Posts Upset Win In $100,000 Lou Wooten and Sydney Valentini Handicap(RG2)
Brookes Legacy (center) drives to victory in Saturday’s 400-yard, $100,000 Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap(RG2) for New Mexico-bred fillies and mares at Sunland Park.

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Brookes Legacy Posts Upset Win In $100,000 Lou Wooten and Sydney Valentini Handicap(RG2)

SUNLAND PARK, NM—JANUARY 14, 2023—Jockey Carlos Chacon and longshot Brookes Legacy flashed late speed and posted a major upset in Saturday's $100,000 Lou Wooten and Sydney Valentini Handicap(RG2) at Sunland Park Racetrack and Casino.

A 4-year-old daughter of leading New Mexico sire Big Daddy Cartel, Brookes Legacy was close throughout the 400-yard dash, getting past Fanncee and jockey Adrian Ramos in the final yards to score the win by a long neck. She stopped the timer in :19.495 seconds and earned a 101 Equibase Speed Index.

Brookes Legacy has now won three straight; her most recent victory took place on Dec. 7 when she beat allowance company at Zia Park in her first try with winners. She broke her maiden in her eighth career start at Zia Park on Oct. 22.

The winning connections of Brookes Legacy accept the Lou Wooten/Sydney Valentini Handicap  stakes trophy at Sunland Park. © Coady Photography

Owned by Oscar Diaz and trained by Armando Alamos, Brookes Legacy was sent off at odds of 15.20-to-1 and returned $32.40 to her winning backers.

Bred by Samantha and Lilly Leyba , Brookes Legacy has now won three times from 10 lifetime starts. The winners' share of the purse increases her lifetime earnings to more than $115,000.

Multiple stakes-placed Fanncee finished a neck back to earn $20,000 for second. Trainer Wesley Giles conditions the royally bred daughter of Big Daddy Cartel for owner-breeder MJ Farms. Out of the champion mare Astica, by Jesses James Jr., Fanncee has earned $181,098 in 13 career starts. 

Another neck back in the blanket-finish was Edilberto Estrada Cano's multiple stakes-placed First Moonflash mare Tina Kat. Trainer Fernado Carrete named jockey Cristian Reyes to ride the 5-year-old out Catch This Scooter by Heza Motor Scooter. The $10,000 third-place payday increased the bay mare's earnings mark to $70,265. Joyce D. Erickson is the breeder.

Ez On My Mind finished fourth but was DQ's and placed last for interference. Completing the official order of finish were Brookes Legacy, Fanncee, Tina Katarina, Mi Moonflash, Get Down Dragon, Hs Golden Eagle, Icy Morning Breeze, Crown N Royal, Ebw Magdalena and Ez On My Mind.

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A field of six 3-year-old fillies will go postward Sunday in the $100,000 La Senora Stakes, the featured event of a strong program that kicks off at 12:25 p.m. 

Hannah's Highlife is one of two starters for trainer Bart Hone set to go into the starting gate in the 6-furlong event and has been established as the 8-to-5 post time favorite. Hone also sends out Holottalute, who broke her maiden by 15 lengths in her career here earlier this month. Hannah's Highlife, a daughter of Holy Lute, is looking for her third straight win, and will break from the outside post with jockey Francisco Amparan designated to ride.


Post time for the La Senora, which will go as the eighth race on the card, is scheduled for 3:32 p.m. Mountain time.